By Augustine Akhilomen,
December 11, 2017
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given out N17 million to winners of its Tennis Cup 2017 competition. The Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said at the grand finale of the tournament in Lagos that the competition had given the commission satisfaction and fulfillment.
The tournament which started in July featured 12 teams. Team Civil Defence defeated Muller 4 – 0, to win the NCC’s Tennis Cup 2017 competition,
hence, carting the star prize of N7million. Team Muller came second and went home with N5 million, Team Offikwu won the third prize of N3 million, while Team Ndoma-Egba
came fourth, winning N2 million cash prize.
Danbatta represented by the Director, Research and Development, NCC, Mrs Iyabo Sholanke, said that the championship had been dubbed the greatest and biggest addition to Nigeria’s sports since 1960.“We are proud to have used this opportunity to engage a number of Nigerian youths in very fruitful and engaging enterprise with a
bright future outlook.“We are even prouder to have taken quality tennis to different locations in the country and to see the players improving by the day, due to the regular competitions the league offers,’’ he said.
He said that it was gratifying to note that some young Nigerians who were part of the tennis cup had got scholarships and
sponsorship to tennis academies abroad. He said that they would further their studies and their professional tennis careers in those academies.
“The NCC Tennis Cup is a team tennis competition that is open to all, including the very best male and female tennis players in Nigeria.“I am glad that the cream of the best and promising Nigerian male and female players are all participating in the league and that a good number of them are now ranked on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)
Tour.“These are some of our expectations and we hope that the players will take full advantage of this NCC Tennis League Cup to excel,’’ Danbatta said.